No injuries reported after gas pipeline fire in NW Minnesota

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No one was injured early Monday when a natural gas pipeline ruptured and flames went shooting 100 feet into the air from a patch of farmland in northwestern Minnesota, the Marshall County sheriff's office reports.

The Associated Press reports officials got a call about the fire shortly before 6:30 a.m., but the flames went out on their own by about 8:30 a.m.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that firefighters from nearby Warren, Argyle and Alvarado had battled blaze.

The cause was not immediately reported. Viking Gas Transmission Company, which owns the underground pipeline, sent crews to investigate.

Six or seven families living near the rupture site were evacuated, the AP reported.

Gas service in Warren and Argyle may remain off for a few days, county 911 coordinator Jim Duckstad told the AP.

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